Madison Vision Series

Madison Vision Series: Ted Shaw

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Wilson Hall Auditorium

Theodore M. ShawThe Office of the President, in conjunction with the Madison Institutes of JMU’s department of Outreach and Engagement and the Center for Multicultural Student Services, welcomes Mr. Theodore M. Shaw, as this year's Martin Luther King Day Celebration's formal speaker and as the third speaker for the Madison Vision Series this academic year. 

Mr. Shaw is currently the director of the University of North Carolina Center for Civil Rights.  Formerly, he served as the fifth director-counsel and president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., for which he worked in various capacities over the span of twenty-six years. He has litigated education, employment, voting rights, housing, police misconduct, capital punishment and other civil rights cases in trial and appellate courts and in the United States Supreme Court.  From 1982 until 1987, he litigated education, housing, and capital punishment cases and directed LDF’s education litigation docket.  In 1987, under the direction of LDF's third director-counsel, Julius Chambers, Mr. Shaw relocated to Los Angeles to establish LDF’s Western Regional Office.  

In 1990, Mr. Shaw left LDF to join the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School, where he taught constitutional law, civil procedure and civil rights.  While at Michigan, he played a key role in initiating a review of the law school’s admissions practices and policies, and served on the faculty committee that promulgated the admissions program that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003 in Grutter v. Bollinger.

In 1993, Mr. Shaw returned to LDF as associate director-counsel, and in 2004, he became LDF’s fifth director-counsel. Mr. Shaw’s legal career began as a trial attorney in the Honors Program of the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C., where he worked from 1979 until 1982.

Admission to the lecture is free and open to the public.

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